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n anummy facing the mother's tummy. a second grader in
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california took on a very grown-up role during a home invasion. carlos grabbed his sister, headed for the bathroom, and called 911 as gunmen threatened his parents. police dispatcher monique potiko, mother of two, answered that 911 call. >> 911, state your emergency. >> there's some guys that are going to kill my mom and dad, can you come? >> listen to me, where are you at in the house? >> inside the bathroom. >> just hearing them screaming and crying for help, i just felt the fear through the phone. >> the robbers were apparently scared away when they realized carlos had called for help. carlos said he was able to stay calm because his mother made him practice calling 911. >> what a smart mom. >> that story was potentially hardbreaking but what a bright, beautiful kid. here's a look at your thursday forecast. gusty winds, hail, heavy downpours and flooding in orlando, atlanta, and charleston.
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wet from the upper midwest, the ohio valley, and east to washington, d.c. snow in the rockies and from kansas up to the dakotas. rain and mountain snow in washington and oregon. >> upper 40s in seattle and albuquerque today. 41 for colorado springs. 46 in the twin cities. up to 51 in chicago. new york climbs to 56. atlanta 63. and new orleans 75. gradually seeing those numbers climb up as we get closer to spring. >> it's about time. success at a south carolina high school and it is sure sure to stick around. >> check out this recreation of a masterpiece that took students two years to complete. as you can see it's not paint. gum balls. 42,000 gum balls painstakingly placed in hundreds of clear plastic tubes. the art teacher created a grid and the gum balls were then arranged by color to create the mural. >> wow. some of the students say they ate so many gum balls during this project, they are now sick of them. >> i've seen similar art with
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push pins where you take like tacks and put them on a grid and you can make art. but this is not only more pretty but more tasty. >> at least they weren't forced to chew it. imagine if it had been artwork with chewed gum balls. >> abc gum, already been chewed. we'll be right back here on abc, stick around. hoveround power chair? the statue of liberty? the grand canyon? it's all possible ith a hoveround., tom: hi i'm tom kruse, inventor rand founder of hoveround., when we say you're free to see the world, we mean it. call today and get a free overound information kit, that includes a video and full color brochure. dennis celorie: "it's by far the best chair i've ever owned." terri: "last year, 9 out of 10 people got their hoveround for "little or no money." jim plunkitt: "no cost. absolutely no cost to me." breaking news...when you call today, we'll include a free hoveround collapsible grabber with the purchase of your power chair.
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welcome back. here's something pretty ground-breaking. governors from 48 states have agreed to new education standards in public classrooms. >> the proposal would replace a hodgepodge of state by state standards and they'll specifically indicate what students should master in the classroom and when. >> two decades ago public education was in crisis and the nation's governors met to address it. as we look back into the abc news vault from september 25th, 198 1989. >> on wednesday and thursday president bush will sit down with governors of all 50 states for a national summit meeting.
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it is only one subject, the crisis in education. abc's bill blakemore is our education correspondent. he's been back and forth across the country. >> reporter: they're holding the education summit here this week at the university of virginia because of money. our economy. only a well-educated, thinking workforce can drive the economy of a modern nation. now that robots handle so much labor and computers do so much of the repetitive office work. but america's workforce is so poorly educated, the 50 governors are afraid the u.s. is on the verge of becoming a second-rate economic power. >> even our average and good students who graduate from high school are not really competitive with a lot of other countries. >> reporter: compared to students in 14 countries in europe and east asia, the performance of u.s. high school students ranks last. >> we need to make some major changes to be competitive in our world. and it involves redesigning schools a s from the classroom
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>> reporter: the problem is america is giving much of its next workforce an obsolete education. with schools of the wrong design. when america consolidated its schools, leaving the one-room schoolhouse behind, it moved into a much bigger kind of school called the factory model school. created to serve the industrial age and mass-produce a workforce for the assembly line. factory model schools are essentially what we still have today. large assembly-line classes. kids segregated by age, sitting passively before teachers. the result? massive dropout rates. graduates who don't know enough. producing a workforce often lacking the basic skills needed for today's entry-level jobs. >> our economic strength in the future will depend upon our brain power. >> reporter: in the year 2000, 93% of the jobs will require people who think for themselves, check the quality of their own work, and work well in teams to
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solve problems. exactly the kinds of skills america's big factory model schools do not encourage. it's a national problem. if the u.s. is going to produce a workforce smart enough to keep america in the front ranks in the 21st century, a way must be found to rebuild the school. bill blakemore, abc news. >> a look back at bill clinton when he was still a governor and one of the governors who met to address the issue of an education crisis back in 1989. again, governors are tackling that same issue now. one of the things they may do now is set these standards again. for example would have to know the difference between parallel and perpendicular. and the difference between poetry and prose. a lot of adults don't know all of that. >> obviously this is going to cost a lot of money and the white house is saying they're going to set aside $4 billion in incentives for states that put into place all these changes. >> it will cost a lot. in just a moment memories of
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a child actor who struggled as an adult. >> what close friends are saying about corey haim and his final days n
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1980s child star corey haim who faced grown-up struggles with drug addiction for decades died yesterday. >> police believe his death may have been the result of an accidental overdose. friends are speaking out hoping fans remember haim as a talented actor facing a fierce battle. here's martin bashir. >> reporter: a fallen teen idol at the age of 38. >> actor corey haim clamses and dies. >> the final moments of hollywood's ultimate lost boy. >> reporter: it was just after midnight at an apartment close to the hollywood hills when the quiet was shattered by a mother in desperation. her son, 38-year-old actor corey haim, had collapsed. judy haim called 911 but it was too late. her son was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m. and the world awoke to another
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child star whose life had been cut short. >> tonight, corey haim death exclusive. >> reporter: speaking tonight on cnn, corey feldman paid tribute to his life-long friend and co-star. >> he was very funny. he was tremendously funny. >> he was a good guest. >> he's the only person in my life that could really make me laugh. laugh to the point of tears. >> reporter: feldman had recently starred with his friend in a reality show called "the two coreys." >> dude, don't, you can't take it personally. >> it's not personal to you. >> reporter: corey haim began his on-screen career at the age of just 11. but it was his role in the film "lucas" in 1986 that firmly established his teen idol credentials. >> listen to me. >> put me in, i'll never come back, i swear. let me play today, let me in. >> reporter: the following year, aged 16, he would take a lead role in "the lost boys."
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>> you can't put the number 98 with the 300s. >> where the hell are you from? krypton? >> phoenix, actually. >> reporter: playing alongside another child star, corey feldman. ♪ >> reporter: it was also during that production that haim admitted to using drugs. quickly graduating from marijuana to crack cocaine. >> for me, rock bottom was i couldn't look in the myrrh error anymore. >> reporter: speaking to "nightline" two years ago, corey haim described his demons. >> i feel like myself i wasn't functional to work for anybody. even myself. i wasn't working. >> reporter: during the 1980s, haim was among a group of sought-after kids enjoying every ounce of fame. >> when we were kids, 14 years old and younger, we would go out on the same auditions together with corey feldman and river phoenix and a lot of the others. it was just kind of our little brat pack back then. we were all working on things pretty regularly.
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>> reporter: kurt cameron, who played mike siever in the hit show "growing pains" -- >> do you ever get the urge to do dumb things now? >> reporter: this has been the second tragedy in the space of three weeks. >> it sort of took my breath away. g it was such a one-two punch because andrew koenig had also taken his life only several days before this. he was someone's little boy. and to see this come to an end like this is just tragic. >> reporter: the body of 41-year-old andrew koenig was discovered in a park in vancouver. >> did you get lucky with that gad-night kiss? >> reporter: koenig played the role of kirk cameron's best friend in "growing pains." his name is now added to a familiar list of child stars who never made it through middle age. brad renfrow, to starred in "the client" at age 12, was found dead at 25 after an apparent overdose of heroin. jonathan brandis, star of the 1992 film "lady bugs," hung
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himself, age 27. >> the dangers of trying to find meaning and purpose in your performance as an artist, as a young person, is, what do you do when you can't do those things anymore? what do you do when you're not the cute little kid on the tv show? there's this sense of desperation that i think a lot of teen actors feel of trying to find your way back to that again. find your way back to a sense of identity. >> reporter: despite his troubles with prescription medication and illicit drugs, corey haim had recently enjoyed a period of sobriety. he also took out an advert in "variety" magazine, saying he was ready for work and wanted to atone for the past. sadly, he never got the chance to do so. >> clearly he was desperate to get back to work. he also told larry king in 2007, look, i will be a chronic relapser for the rest of my life. >> that's just so sad to think that his mother was in the same apartment when all of that was
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playing out as well. coming up, oh rather, that's corey haim there.
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safe travel. as the government's no-fly list grows, what's being done to protect innocent passengers while they're in the air? plus, war of words. the chief justice of the supreme court takes on the president. but who will win the battle? and, moneymakers. "forbes" unveils its new billionaires club. see who tops the list. it's thursday, march 11th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> you're always teasing me when i say it's the year of the indians but there are 49 indians on that "forbes" list. >> so it really is truly the year of the rich indian, sounds like. >> right, it is. i'd like it to be the did eccaid at some point. >> so you can make the list. the guys at the. to list make something like $30 million a day. >> staggering. >> can you imagine. >> so many versatile interests
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in terms of how he's making money, from soda to cell phones. you'll hear all about it coming up. >> yeah, he's rich. >> good morning and thanks for being with us. i'm vinita nair. >> i'm jeremy hubbard. the nation's no-fly list has nearly doubled in size since the attempted bombing over detroit on christmas day. >> reviewing and updating the list has been one of the president's top priorities in the days after the attempted attack. john hendren joins us from washington with the latest. hi, john. >> reporter: good morning, jeremy and vinita. the christmas dabom i over the past few months e li tho froen adding names to traveling to the u.s. and the no-fly list is soaring. >> it's getting bigger and it will get bigger. >> reporter: after umar farouk abdulmutallab allegedly tried to set off an explos ove poit hria, intelligence officials say the list has nearly doubled, from 3,400 to 6,000 names, many from yemen where abdulmutallab was reportedly trained.
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>> if we provide every individual and alternative spelling and alternative name variant, you're starting to look at the potential for millions and millions of names. >> reporter: transportation officials told a congressional committee a longer list increases screenings and the odds of catching terrorists. >> we see things coming through checkpoints in the united states that are amazing. either on their persons, in wheelchairs, in canes. we find guns in teddy bears. >> reporter: it also increases the odds of innocent americans, including the late senator edward kennedy and an 8-year-old boy, being stopped for having similar names. >> it's pretty obvious that he's not the one. he ought not to be stopped from getting on the plane. >> it does not happen that frequently, sir. >> reporter: of course, the list only works if a terror suspect uses the same name. >> an individual that knew he was watch listed came in the country and changed his identity because he knew he was watch listed. >> reporter: a sign some suspected terrorists are catching on.
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even at 6,000 names the no-fly list is nowhere near the 20,000 names it held after the 9/11 attacks. among those no longer considered a threat are inactive members of the irish republican army. jeremy and vinita? >> our thanks to john hendren. a former tsa worker has been charged with trying to sabotage a security database used to screen air travelers. prosecutors say douglas duchak tried to load a virus into the tsa servers after learning he'd be fired within days. they say the computer was not compromised. if convicted the colorado man could face up to ten years in pri a feud between the white house and the suprem is this a war of words? is this war of words, rather, a question of law? or a case of personal sniping? terry moran breaks it down. >> reporter: it's a clash of constitutional titans. in this corner, the president of the united states, barack obama. and over here, the chief justice of the united states, john roberts. the scrap started in january. >> with all due deference to separation of powers --
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>> reporter: the president bashed the court's campaign finance decision. >> the supreme court reversed a century of law that i believe will open the floodgates for special interests. >> reporter: you might remember that one justice, samuel alito, caused a stir, shaking his head and seemi then answering a law student's question, chief justice roberts hit back. >> the image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the supreme court, cheering and hollering, while the court, according to the requirements of protocol, has to sit there expressionless, i think is very troubling. >> reporter: these two have a history. last year, the chief justice muffed the oath of office in the inauguration. they had to do it later that day. but there's more at stake here than personal tension or hurt feelings. >> this is a dangerous game between the president and the chief justice. we don't see it very often. and history at least suggests presidents tend to win these
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battles. >> reporter: the supreme court traditionally tries to stay above politics but that campaign ffrg finance decision put them right in the middle of the partisan scrum. the chief justice said if these state of the union addresses are just political pep rallies maybe the justices shouldn't even attend them. which is either high principle, or thin skin. depending on your point of view. terry moran, abc news, washington. the senate approved a bill extending benefits to the unemployed. that includes continued unemployment checks and health care subsidies through the end of t businesses would also profit from $25 billion in tax bks that expired at the end of 2009. critics complain the legislation would add $130 billion to the budget deficit over the next year and a half. lesson plans for the nation's schoolchildren could soon undergo a major overhaul. 48 of the country's governors have come together to provide nationwide standards for what stude they would place the current
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standards which are set on a state by state basis. >> i as a parent understand that no matter where i'm at i'm still going to see the same level of instruction, the same level of accountability in any school, in any place, in any part of the country. >> two states, alaska and texas, have already refused to join the plan. it is a much calmer day in store for parts of the south after getting slammed by a batch of tornados, heavy rain and hail. arkansas was the hardest hit yesterday with at least four twisters rippirougat nearly two dozen homes were damaged near little rock and at least three people were injured in the storms. another tornado also to here's a look now at your thursday forecast. the stormy day in the southeast with heain, gty that rain eventually pushes into the mid-atlantic, ohio valley, and midwest. some snow in kansas, nebraska, the dakotas and rockies. rain and mountain snow in oregon and washington. >> 49 in seattle. 52 in portland. 51 in boise.
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40s from the twin cities to kansas city. 56 in new york. 60 in baltimore. miami hits 82. new orleans 75. i'm shocked that these stories are becoming less shocking. >> me too. >> a lot of women have surprise baby showers. but how about a surprise baby? >> i still don't get it. this kentucky mom says she had no idea she was pregnant. right up until she went into labor with that little cutie there. kelly bottom was home alone when she gave birth to a healthy seven-pound baby boy. she cleaned him up, cut his umbilical cord. looks like the brother's in shock too. even stopped to pick up her older son from school before heading to the hospital. >> the stunned mom said she was on the pill and she stoppedvng othl vis she calls her new son her little >> i guess so, wow. what about the weight gain? >> she says that was her only clue, there was a little bit of weight gain obeau gain they're having their monthly
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welcome back. in the african nation of uganda, if lawmakers get their way homosexuality could soon be punishable by death. >> a group of american evangelicals went there to support the anti-gay movement. as dan harris reports, uganda's gays and lesbians are living in fear. >> the gay movement is an evil institution that's goal -- the goal of the gay movement is to defeat the marriage-based society. >> reporter: this is the american evangelical scott lively speaking at an event called the seminar on exposing the homosexual agenda. half a world away in the african country of uganda -- >> we don't allow homosexuals! >> reporter: we went to uganda to investigate what has happened in the aftermath of that
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conference. this. >> here in uganda we don't want this! >> reporter: an extraordinary wave of homophobia. which even includes a bill that would put some gays and lesbians to death. the bill is supported by one of the country's most popular pastors, martin sempa, who helped host that conference of american evangelicals. >> unite against sodomy! >> reporter: and is a one-time friend of the american mega church pastor rick warren. >> i'm going to give evidence on what homosexuals do. >> reporter: we found sempa whipping up support for the bill by showing his followers extraordinarily graphic gay pornography. >> in africa, sodomy is an abomination! a taboo! >> reporter: does all this fit
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in your mind with the spirit of christianity, which is to help the oppressed? >> very much. very, very much. we need to know, what are they doing in their bedrooms? and you cannot make comment out of ignorance. the problem is the absence of shock. you know, you look at the same thing, you're not shocked. >> you can show porn between men and women and shock too but it's not done very frequently. >> anal activity, everything having to do with eating poop, heterosexuals do not eat poop. same way, if you have sex with a dog, sex with a cow, that's evil. >> they start off with touching each others' genitals and smelling each other -- >> reporter: critics say this anti-gay fervor is in part a result of concerted campaign by american christians to export our culture wars to africa. a campaign that reached a crescendo at that conference we
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told you about. at home, these views may be marginalized or even mocked. but the hundreds of ugandan teachers, cops and politicians at the conference took them quite seriously. months later a bill introduced called the anti-homosexuality bill of 2009, which calls for death by hanging for gay and lesbian serial offenders and also prison time for anyone, including parents, who fail to hand over someone they know is gay or lesbian to the police. this bill says if you get married while gay or lesbian, to another gay or lesbian, you're going to prison for the rest of your life. do you agree with that? >> i agree with that in my country. >> reporter: uganda is a country where local newspapers out purported homos, and where those who dare to come out of the closet are so scared they have to hold news conferences wearing masks. did you ever think at any point perhaps given the history of this country you might be saying things that would have an unpleasant outcome? >> do you think that these people did not already have an
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opinion against homosexuality, a strong opinion? it's incredibly racist. the colonial mindset all over again. >> reporter: an argument echoed by the main proponents of the bill in uganda. >> it's offensive to me. it's offensive to me that every time a black man does something good, you have to say that a white man told us to do it. that's really offensive to me. >> reporter: but the outrage in the west may mean that the bill gets either watered down or killed. the ugandan parliament will be holding hearings on it later this month. as for scott lively, he says if they drop the death penalty he will actually endorse the bill. >> these are good christians, better christians in uganda than here in this country. they care about each other. and the reason that this law is in place, the reason that they -- i think they're pushing so hard on this, is that they don't want to see happen to their country what's happened over here. >> reporter: this is dan harris in uganda.
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>> lively, the evangelical you heard from, has written a book called "pink swastika." and in the book, he said naziism was a gay movement. he goes on to say that hitler was gay and a teenage prostitute. he's obviously written controversial things, very controversial things in the past, and this seems like an extension. >> some of those american evangelicals who went over there say, we had no idea about the death penalty component of this and they're trying to distance themselves from that. but still, clearly, the word is out. the message has spread there. >> unbelievable to hear what's happening there. in just a moment, putting a reality tv star to work. >> can heidi montag help convey a serious message to consumers?
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reality tv star heidi montag, an oscar-winning director, two senators, a hot tub and a humor website. they all have something to common. >> recipe for trouble. they're involved in spreading
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the word about a serious but hard to explain consumer issue. claire shipman reports. >> reporter: move over, ralph nader. you've got competition. >> with hidden fees and standard interest rate increases, that $11,000 jawline can end up costing you upwards of $50,000. >> reporter: heidi montag, the plastic surgery princess and reality show star, willingly needling herself again, so to speak, on behalf of the american consumer. >> when i think about the thousands of americans whose only method of paying for food is their credit cards, it's enough to make me cry without moving my new face. >> reporter: the internet gambol produced by ron howard for the funny or die website has paid off. the internet plea has more than 750,000 hits and climbing. the agency she's pitching would protect consumers from being gouged by banks and other businesses. her appearance, part of an unorthodox campaign to jolt the
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public and lawmakers. >> you two are the ones who stripped out all the regulations. why would i want advice from you? >> it was the '90s. people did all kinds of crazy things. >> reporter: now the pentagon, of all agencies, is weighing in to support consumer protection too. but no curves in its pitch. just a no nonsense letter to the treasury department outlining the large numbers of service members falling victim to predatory practices and discriminatory lending. and says the military brass personal financial readiness of troops equates to mission readiness. you would think an agency to protect consumers would be an easy sell. but fights have erupted over where it should be housed, how much power it should have. senator dodd, in charge of the effort, worries a long battle over this agency could tank the larger reform effort. >> if we fail again at this hour, our economy will be vulnerable to yet another crisis. >> reporter: nothing funny about that. but hollywood, at least, seems
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to think that comedy might break through where politics as usual doesn't. >> you'll listen to this part because i'm in the tub. >> reporter: now the financial industry has been using more conventional tactics to make its case. spending millions of dollars to lobby against financial reform, and specifically, the creation of an independent consumer watchdog agency. that's why some consumer advocates feel they have to resort to unusual tactics. claire shipman, abc news, washington. >> at least she's poking fun at herself instead of the rest of us. >> yeah. >> interesting though, in case you're wondering about her own finances, her husband used to be her business manager. that job's been taken over. now it's going to be done by a psychic. >> hm. interesting. >> well, you know, when it comes to these credit issues and sort of this interesting language, she's really busted through the clutter for thousands of americans. >> right.
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finally this half hour, the man who made microsoft a household name no longer tops the list of world's wealthiest people. >> that's just one of the surprises on the latest "forbes" list of billionaires. here's bill weir. >> reporter: for almost 15 years, computers made bill gates the world's richest man. he just lost that title to a guy in mexico who doesn't know a modem from a mouse. >> is it true that you don't use a computer? >> i don't have a computer. >> reporter: as a son of poor lebanese immigrants carlos slim group up met lick doesly managing his five-peso a week allowance. now any time someone in mexico says hola into a phone, buys a
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soft drink, or builds something with concrete, he makes money. almost $30 million a day. his foreign birth is part of a global trend. america still leads the world in billionaires with 403. and china is now in second at 89. the rest of the world is getting richer much, much faster. >> our economy has not snapped back the way many asian economies have. >> reporter: while they develop, we shop. for bling and bargains. walmarts, waltons, and head of louis vuitton share space in the top 20. while the average age is 63. facebook founder mark zuckerberg is the youngest by 25. two of every three billionaires is self-made. less than one in 11 is a woman. >> this is still a boys' club for the most part. the billionaires' club. there are only 14 self-made women on the list but that number is slowly growing. >> reporter: they can all afford pretty much anything they want. according to "forbes" many
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billionaires admit they don't notice a bump in lifestyle after the first $500 million. anything more is just keeping score. >> you don't have to be a billionaire to have a good life. >> reporter: that may be true. but imagine being so wealthy you never have to answer e-mail. bill weir, abc news, new york. >> carlos slim is rich. listen to this. he can now afford to buy everything produced last year in his father's homeland of lebanon, plus iceland, plus barbados, plus everything for sale at tiffany's, plus his favorite baseball team the new york yankees. he could buy all that stuff. >> wow. and still have money left over i'm guessing. >>, on oh, yeah, yeah. >> it's interesting, pakistan's first rich person now has made the list. he made his money selling cotton to the gap. and it's fascinating when you look into all these billionaires. some of them are making money off things you didn't realiz
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lesson plan. major changes could be coming to america's classrooms. plus, family secrets. michael jackson's bodyguards reveal shocking details about family feuds and the pop star's life in seclusion. and, howard stern fires back. after attacking the star of "precious," radio's bad boy takes aim at us. >> these two geniuses on abc news want to just pretend like, let's go live in la-la land. >> hear why he's angry about "the skinny" and not backing down from his rant over fat. it's thursday, march 11th. >> from abc news, this is "world news now." >> have we gone and picked a fight with the king of all media? he called us geniuses and he has issue with what we said during "the skinny" yesterday. >> we're not the only ones who had issues with what he said about the "precious" star. you'll hear all about it.
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>> we'll continue that debate. stick around for all of that. hear what howard has to say about this. good morning, i'm jeremy hubbard. >> i'm vinita nair. we begin with a big push for the nation's governors to change what's being taught in schools. >> they come together to propose one standard for what students learn in math and science and there are specific ways to measure how well children have been taught. here's chris bury. >> reporter: envision a nation where all fourth graders can divide decimals, as they were doing at daws elementary school. >> if you want to divide by 7 -- >> reporter: where everyone in fourth grade would know the difference between parallel and perpendicular. who can show me what parallel means? >> when it's two lines are in exactly the same direction, and if they were extended, would never meet. >> reporter: be familiar with ancient legends. who can give me an example of a figure from mythology? >> zeus. titan. >> reporter: and tell poetry from prose. >> a poem is like very short.
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it tells you like rhyming words, repetition. >> reporter: the idea is a national agreement on what makes a well-educated child. >> i as a parent understand no matter where i'm at, i still am going to see the same level of instruction, the same level of accountability in any school, in any place, in any part of the country. >> reporter: the proposal aims for a big boost in math skills. by eighth grade, knowing basic algebra, how to solve for the unknown. in geometry, understanding the pythagorean theorem. the reading list -- recommended, not required -- heavy on classic works. third graders should be able to get "charlotte's web" and read it out loud. high school sophomores "the grapes of wrath." lincoln's second inaugural address. the white house is providing more than $4 billion in incentives for states that implement the standards. >> these are not standards that were just created in washington and they're not standards developed because the federal government told us to do it. >> reporter: only two states
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have not signed on, alaska and texas, whose governor says texans know best how to educate their children. but by the fourth grade, students everywhere else may know the ending to "charlotte's web." >> charlotte passes away at the end of the story. >> reporter: the idea is to set standards and raise the bar. what's striking is the broad level of agreement on what a child educated here in the united states should know and when. chris bury, abc news, evanston, illinois. some more education news this morning. the kansas city, missouri, school district is undergoing a major shakeup. the school board voted last night to close 29 of the district's 61 schools and cut about 700 jobs to avoid a budget shortfall. the school's superintendent says many classrooms are only half-full as attendance has plunged. fewer students mean less state funding. intelligence officials say the anti-terror no-fly list has nearly doubled since christmas and it will get bigger. the list barring passengers with suspected terror ties has been under review since the so-called
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underwear bomber was able to board his plane freely on christmas day. the government says more names on the list increases screenings and the odds of catching terrorists. >> the question for us i think eventually comes down to one of balance. if we provide every individual and alternative spelling and alternative name variant, you're starting to look at the potential for millions and millions of names. >> the no-fly list now stands at about 6,000 names, though the number varies daily. it is well below the 2004 level of 20,000 names added after the 9/11 attacks. three american hikers detained in iran on charges of spying have been allowed to call their families for the first time. loved ones say hearing their voices was a tremendous relief and they hope next time the conversations will be in person. the state department says that while the phone calls are a positive development, the hikers should be released. in california, a second grader is being praised for his adult decision. when his family ran into trouble, he dialed 911.
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mark mullen reports from los angeles. >> 911, state your emergency. >> um -- there's some guys. they're going to kill my mom and dad, can you come please? >> reporter: the voice of a 7-year-old boy named carlos calling 911, just seconds after three gunmen burst through the door of his family's southern california home. >> they opened the doors and they have guns to shoot my mom and dad. >> right now? >> yes, can you come really fast? >> okay, i have them coming. >> reporter: staying on the phone, carlos grabs his younger sister and hides. >> listen to me, where are you at in the house? >> inside the bathroom. can you come real fast, bring some cops? >> i have them coming, hon, listen, okay? >> reporter: the 911 dispatcher is monique patino, who has two children herself. >> my first reaction was to calm him down. >> listen, okay? listen to me, take a deep breath. i already have the police coming. >> reporter: but then this. >> okay. they have --
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>> reporter: as the gunmen burst through the bathroom door and discover carlos on the phone. >> i didn't know what happened to them. >> reporter: but the gunmen met their match. carlos bravely told them he had 911 on the line and the burglars fled with the family unharmed as police arrived. >> when one of those cops' cars came, they just ran. >> reporter: the crime fighting team of carlos and the dispatcher got to meet. carlos being called a hero who may have saved his family's life. admitting he was only a little scared. mark mullen for abc news, los angeles. a new study says the u.s. is at the tipping point where the number of babies born to minorities will outnumber babies born to whites. the 2008 census, the latest available, shows 48% of babies were born to minorities. that's expected to top 50% following this year's census. well, here's your thursday weather. thursday already? wow. heavy rain and severe weather from florida to the carolinas.
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later that rain hits washington, d.c., cincinnati, indianapolis, chicago, des moines, minneapolis. snow today from kansas to the dakotas and the southern and central rockies. rain from portland to seattle. snow in the cascades. >> 60s in sacramento and phoenix. 45 in salt lake city. 38 in fargo. 40 in omaha. 57 in detroit. boston will climb to 48. and atlanta is 63. this is one of those things that makes you glad you're not a bridge worker. a bizarre close call that left a work crew hanging on for dear life. >> a drawbridge in south florida suddenly opened by itself while four transportation department workers were still on it. three of the men were immediately harnesses and brought down. but the last worker was left clutching a guardrail until firefighters could finally come to his rescue. >> none of the men were injured. officials blame the accident on a hydraulics failure. i wonder. or a guy goofing off and playing a prank maybe. >> how terrifying. >> have you ever thought about
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bill whitfield, and javon beard -- were among them. >> we were with michael jackson the person, not the entertainer. >> reporter: it was their job to protect michael jackson. >> we never did it on that level, that's like protecting the president. >> reporter: soon they began to see the personal, poignant, and distressing sides of michael jackson's life. >> they didn't come around much. when they did come, they came unexpected. and we would make mr. jackson aware that, you know, one of your family members is outside the gate, would like to see you. he would sometimes ask, do they have an appointment? >> michael would ask if his family members had appointments? >> yes. >> when his father came, does he have an appointment? >> reporter: and as for that much talked about family intervention for michael's alleged drug abuse, they say they were there for that too. >> he said, i'll only see my brothers. >> they never got into the house? >> no, he came outside. >> he came into the trailer. >> security trailer, right.
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>> he met his brothers in the security trailer? >> right. >> how was michael afterwards? >> fine. >> he didn't seem upset? >> no, just -- he just left the trailer, went back in the house. >> i was the point man when it came to e-mailing. >> e-mail came through his laptop. >> everything came to me. >> you were the gatekeeper? >> absolutely, for sure. wasn't a phone call on our watch that didn't go through, any paperwork that didn't go through this man right here. >> reporter: that paperwork revealed a lot. millions of dollars in debts. much of it to law firms. and millions more being paid out. all this while they waited to be paid. sometimes for months on end. >> $10 million, $20 million. i'm seeing all these zeros. >> gone. >> i'm like, where's -- >> we can't get a $5,000 check. >> it was going out faster than it was coming in. >> right. >> reporter: they say michael was always being sued, long after that criminal trial in 2005 where he was cleared of child molestation charges.
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they say he always chose to settle. >> i mean, we go to lawyers' office, we're there from 10:00 a.m. in the morning to midnight. >> reporter: and that took its toll. >> he got so frustrated. he threw my cell phone out the window, through the window. looked at me and said, "bill, you're going to need a new phone." >> reporter: when long-time friend jesse jackson turned 66, they say michael and his entourage, seen here leading the party in this tmz video, couldn't even afford to get there. >> jesse jackson put up his credit card to fly the entire staff and team out. put us up in a hotel a few nights. >> jesse paid for everything? >> yes. >> did he seem like he had a drug problem? >> a drug problem, no. >> not a drug problem. >> not a problem. >> not a problem. >> certainly there were times that he'd give the appearance that he was probably high on something. >> yeah. he was impacted in some way but i wouldn't say a problem, no. >> reporter: what of the relationship with doctors?
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one of whom, dr. conrad murray, is now charged in his death? >> when he came on to the scene he was taking care of the kids. kids had colds, you know, sick and stuff, he was taking care of >> there's a lot of blame that's being zeroed in towards dr. murray. >> one person. >> i never thought it was at the hands of one person. >> reporter: they say they weren't in l.a. when jackson died, but were among thousands of people at the staples center for the l. >> i looked around. i looked at a lot of celebrities, a lot of s >> where we >> it made me wonder, where were th >> are these some of the people that turned their back on him that turertrialir back on him >> the guy was so alone >> and i just want to say i love him so much. >> to see paris on that stage -- >> unbelievable. it was unbelievable. >> that hurt me. >> i don't even want to talk about it. >> it was a quiet ride home. >> if they're listening to this, what do you want the kids to hear? what do you want to say to the s
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>> i don't know. i'm a little speechless on that right now. certainly we -- we hope that we did the best that we could to make them feel like kids and provide them with some of the things that made them feel comfortable. >> you were everything, you know, to your father. >> and he was everything to them. but he's watching them now. >> he's watching. >> definitely. >> and we're proud of you all. >> oh, yeah. >> no matter what, we are proud of you guys. >> definitely. >> they clearly have developed a close relationship with jackson's kids. even though they only worked for jackson for a couple of years. we had an idea how strained the relationship was between michael and his dad joe. i had no idea that joe had to make appointments just to see his own son. clearly there was some bad blood there. >> it's nice to hear, though, even from the bodyguards the close relationship we knew he had with the kids is true, that they really did love him. more entertainment news coming up next in "the skinny." a debate about being fat.
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>> hear why howard sn is ro
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mr. hubbard. >> yes? >> you're in a bit of a war of words with howard stern. >> the king of all media, say it isn't so. i have both of his books, i even have robin quivers' book, which i may be the only one that has that. i'm a fan. this is interesting. >> he's a fan but he's not happy about things that you said last night. take a listen to what he had to say on yesterday's show. >> this is abc news slamming us. ♪ so skinny >> we start "the skinny" with somebody being called the opposite of skinny. >> because nobody was thinking she is fat. >> this girl is obese. >> right. >> so to speak.
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howard stern in some hot water with critics. >> hot water, who cares? these two geniuses on abc news want to pretend, oh, don't say anything, nothing bad, let's all live in la-la land. everyone's rooting for gabrielle sidibe. it's a great story, someone who came out of nowhere. they're going overboard in rooting for her because she's this big fat woman. >> it's like we feel sorry for her and we know nothing great is going to happen for her so let's pretend everything's wonderful. >> everyone wants to pretend this woman isn't in deep crisis. she is in a deep crisis. and she needs help badly. >> it's interesting how much he obviously cares about her health, given he can't get her name right. multiple times during the interview. he went on to say we're in the midst of a health care reform problem in our nation, she is sort of the example of what is a drain right now. >> let's not forget this all started with him calling her the most enormous fat black chick i have ever seen. the day after the oscars. this had nothing to do with health.
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it's sort of the typical shock jock thing i think, to say something incendiary, hope there's the appropriate amount of media indignation, then try to intellectualize it after there is that media indignation, oh, i was just worried about her health. i love you, howard, but you didn't seem to have anything to say about her health when you were calling her the most enormous -- >> i have to agree, he sort of backtracked and said i realize people are upset with me. but even if you read the blogs a lot of people are saying, we all know what you said is true, nobody's disagreeing, her health is an issue but don't now pretend that you look at her and think, i want to help her. >> well, this was sort of sad news from the entertainment world, although sadly not entirely unexpected. corey haim dead at the age of 38. the childhood star dead from an apparent accidental overdose, although his long-time best friend, corey feldman, went on cnn saying basically, don't jump to conclusions. >> in watching everything that's happened today and the reports that have come out, the first
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thing i need to say is people need to stop. they need to stop jumping the gun, they need to stop saying it's a drug overdose, they need to stop saying their theories of what they think it is or isn't. end of the day, until the coroner's report comes out, until we have specific evidence, until we know exactly what the toxicology reports say, nobody knows. >> those two go hand in hand. the two coreys. they even had their own reality show, although corey feldman reportedly refused kee working with corey haim until he sought help with his drug program. he'd been in and out of rehab many times. now he's dead at the age of 38.e he also did something else that was pretty noteworthy on the show. reembewhe ing f there is a wir jamie younger, you probably remember that fac $75,000 in cas this is composed of his former lovers. she had to beat out someone named laura donna jolie, who i don't remember, and i ammy grubb, who we probably all
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here's stories to watch today on abc news. power crews will be busy throughout the day in arkansas and louisiana after a series of tornados tore through the region, injuring several people and causing widespread damage. it is back to work in washington for president obama where he'll meet with bankers this morning and the congressional black caucus this afternoon. and secretary of state hillary clinton releases a key report to members of congress on international human rights today. finally this half hour, after 65 years some gratitude for the women pilots of world war ii. >> 200 women air force service pilots, wasps, received long overdue recognition on capitol hill. >> they were given the highest civilian honor from members of congress. ♪ >> reporter: they were young and fearless. women trail blazers trained to be air force aviators during the darkest days of world war ii.
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they flew more than 60 million miles, helping other pilots train in bombing missions, though never serving in combat. still, 38 women died in the line of duty. six decades later, in emancipation hall on capitol hill, the women air force service pilots or wasps were honored with the congressional gold medal, the highest award congress gives to civilians. ♪ off we go into the wild blue yonder ♪ >> reporter: accepting the award was pilot deannie parrish. >> we did it because our country needed us. >> your contributions have made possible a more complete america, a more perfect union, and a more effective united states air force. >> reporter: more praise came from senator kay bailey hutchison, saying it was time to right the wrong for these women. >> on behalf of a grateful nation, thank you for your service. >> reporter: the first woman speaker of the house of representatives, nancy pelosi, felt a bond with the pilots.
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>> the sky is not even the limit anymore for the women of our nation. >> reporter: it was not until 1977 that president jimmy carter signed legislation finally giving the wasps veteran status. >> that is all, all we ever asked for is that our overlooked history would someday no longer be a missing chapter in the history of world war ii, in the history of the air force, in the history of aviation, and most especially, the history of america. >> some really long overdue recognition. the women say part of the reason that they were so late to give them recognition is that when a wasp died on duty they weren't even treated as war veterans. they had to pay their own bus fare to get home when service ended. >> unbelievable. such a little-known, underutilized part of history.
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